Over 80 swimmers make a splash for charity at Brean Swimarathon
of swimmers took part in Burnham-On-Sea Rotary Club's first Swimarathon
at the weekend, raising hundreds of pounds for good causes.
eighty swimmers of all ages participated in the fundraising swim
which was held at the new 'Splash' at Brean Leisure Park.
Each team had no more than eight swimmers and was allocated a
50-minute slot to complete as many relay lengths as they could.
were able to retain 45% of their sponsorship money for their own
causes with the remainder going to Rotary for various charities,
including Hospice South West.
Eleven teams took part, with teams coming from Beachside Holiday
Park, 1st Berrow Guides and Brownies (4 teams), Brent Knoll Guides
(2 teams), Burnham Dreamscheme (2 teams) and Burnham Inner Wheel
Club. The Rich Family also took part in the event with their own
team. All were presented with individual certificates by Rotary
President Ian Breed at the end of the day.
Organiser Jim Tancock told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It wasn't
a race but the teams did want to raise as much in sponsorship
as they could with the result that some swam well over one hundred
lengths while others swam a little less!"
was clear was that all enjoyed the event immensely and are looking
forward to the next one in a year's time."
"How much money is raised is not yet clear but a number of
local businesses including Greenslade Taylor Hunt, Burnham Funeral
Services, Beachside Holiday Park, Dulhorn Farm Holiday Park, NFU
Mutual, B.A.S.C., Batch Country Hotel, Woodlands Hotel and main
sponsors Brean Splash contributed generously to what was a very
"We are keen to do this again next year but want a lot more
teams to take part so we shall be advertising and sending out
invitations in the autumn."